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's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. no decision on taxes. democratic leaders on both sides of congress said they would adjourn without dealing with that issue whether or not to extend the bush tax cuts past the end of this year. the house barely made it out, though, by one vote in what ended up being a referendum on taxes. after an impassioned speech by house minority leader john boehner, 39 democrats agreed with him but in the end decided to leave washington without dealing with that issue. but there was a flurry of activity on several other fronts. a nasa bill passed that will deal with the future of that program. major changes. it appears the shuttle and space station programs. also the house agreed to pass a bill to provide health care for 9/11 workers, for those who worked down at ground zero. finally, they agreed to a budget stop-gap measure that will allow the government to continue operating past today, which is the end of the fiscal year. so now lawmakers head home and they're dealing with an angry electorate just weeks before nove
those services using what's known as pier-to-pier software are difficult to accept. the bill raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with the protection of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia megachurch has broken his silence speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. eddie long vowed to fight the lawsuits claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips. authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. georgia's age of consent is 16. >>> today nbc is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. a special week of programming. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" shows most people think education needs major changes or a complete overhaul. our michelle franzen is in new york. >> reporter: this week-long series and this two-day summit is aimed at looking at what works in the classroom and what doesn't. it is the start of a national
spoke about the u.n. goals to reduce poverty and disease by 2015. he said the u.s. had developed its own policy changing the way it does business to help the country as well as the world reach those goals. today he is expected to focus on continuing rebuilding international relations and also paying attention to much of what's going on in the middle east, many of the foreign policy issues left over from the bush administration that are still ongoing that include the situation in iraq, combat units, of course, left there at the end of august but still 50,000 u.s. troops remain there training security forces, of course, troops in afghanistan have also been increased as well as the attacks from insurgents that have also increased in that region and, of course, there is also talk with north korea and iran that they're defying international pressure to stop their nuclear weapons programs and, of course, peace talks between israeli and palestinian leaders, got a jump start earlier this .but so far no more direct talks are planned. a lot for the president to tackle in just a few hours. >> miche
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